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Marvellous Saraswati

While browsing the web looking for ways to reach AIR, Bangalore by email, I came across your site. I am indeed very impressed by the quality and content of your site... I wish I had found it sooner...

May be you can help me with this... There is a five veena ensemble conducted by Dr Doreswamy Iyengar (a rendition of raga Saraswati) that I heard over AIR, Bangalore about two years ago. I tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to request them (called the programme officer) to re-broadcast it when I was in Bangalore this July.

I wonder if you can help me get this piece of marvellous music posted on AIR's website http://air.kode.net/music/classmus.htm (You may want to check this out, if you haven't already...)

After all, music has no desire, but to fulfil itself.

Balu Nadig
New Jersey

Getting to Howrah Bridge

On a New Jersey radio station, I heard a song called Mera naam chin chin chu by Howrah Bridge. It evidently comes from an Indian movie, or that's what I think I heard. It is also possible that this song is on a collection of songs called Doob Doob-a-Rama Volume 2, but I cannot find this recording on the Internet anywhere.

Anyway, I found this e-mail address on a web site devoted to Indian music, and I thought that you might be able to give me some guidance.

Dwight Weber
Oregaon, Portland

The song is not by Howrah Bridge, but from a film of that name. You could try any Indian music store in the US. Induslive may be able to help you.

Padams by Chithra

I am Kuberan from Wipro, Madivala, Bangalore. I read your review about Chithra's Enchanting Melodies. Can you please let me know where you bought it? I am interested in buying that cassette after reading your review.
Kuberan P E
Bangalore

It should be available at the bigger music stores in Bangalore. It is distributed by CBS.

Looking for a teacher

The site is excellent, but confusing to a newcomer. You can do something to classify different music. I am a serious tabla learner and have written down my experiences of the process. I am also interested in finding a committed guru for the tabla in Hyderabad.

Ramakrishna
Hyderabad

Inspiring moment

Finding a review of Inspirational Moments II is great! I really love the album, and I was so glad when EMI released it in my country, Indonesia. It is so hard to find such recordings in Indonesia, and when the album proved to be successful, EMI Indonesia immediately released Inspirational Moments I which was originally released in 1996, and Inspirational Moments III, this year. I was wondering if you could assist me in finding the lyrics of the songs in these albums. I've tried to search the web, but so far I haven't got much.

Hananto Prihanto
Indonesia

Keep it up!

Read about this site in Gentleman magazine. Excellent work. Do keep it up.

Shreerang
Navi Mumbai

Sure winner

The Hariharan song Maikade bandh is philosophical and the music video in contrast is bubbly and light. It is visually very appealing and the blend of the song and video together makes the cocktail perfect. It is a sure winner.

Firoza Zorabian
Mumbai

Know of this vintage music site?

About a year ago I discovered a major website dedicated to the preservation of early recordings of Indian music. Unfortunately, I did not make a note of it at the time, and am now unable to find it. Does anyone know about such a website?

If this website for vintage recordings can be located, it may well prove to be of immense help in the preparation of a major discography of early recordings of Indian music that a fellow discographer is currently working on.

My discography is of European recordings of Jewish music on 78s and although my following query does not strictly fall within the confines of my research, I would be interested to find an answer to it. It is, I am afraid, rather obscure.

Fred Gaisberg, the famous pioneer recording engineer who worked for the Gramophone Company was in India in 1902. While there, among many other artists, he recorded Goura Jan, an "Armenian Jewess" who sang in twenty languages.

I would be extremely interested to learn more about this singer and am curious to know what languages she sang in. For example, was Ladino one of them? Ladino was the language spoken by the Sephardic Jews of medieval Spain and which they took with them all over the world (but particularly North Africa, the Balkans, Greece and Turkey) after their expulsion from Spain in 1492.

As I said, rather obscure and going back in time somewhat, but, as I have learnt, there is often someone out there somewhere that has the answer.

As there are small communities of Sephardic Jews in India, mainly, I believe, in the Bombay area, I wonder if it is possible that recordings have been made of their music. If so, I'd love to find out the details.

Finally, perhaps your readers would be interested in an account of Fred Gaisberg's early recording expedition to India. If so, perhaps I could provide a summary for you some time.

Mike Aylward
United Kingdom


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